Keep Our Drug Supply Safe

Keep Our Drug Supply Safe

04.03.13 | By Mark Grayson

The pharmaceutical supply chain can remain the safest in the world, but only if we make the right changes to protect patients. Now more than ever before, patient safety requires urgent action to protect patients from counterfeit medicine and bad actors. According to an op-ed in today's Politico by John Castellani of PhRMA, Ralph Neas of Generic Pharmaceutical Association of America (GPHA) and John Gray of Healthcare Distribution Management Association (HDMA), this could be accomplished by having Congress pass a national supply chain solution. According to the op-ed, this solution would: "Require that prescription drug products contain sophisticated technology able to determine the product's source and distribution history; Provide immediate protection and develop a building block approach to allow for ongoing enhancements; Provide the FDA with the nationwide authority to keep the system safe from bad actors; and, Ensure an efficient, cost-effective system applicable in all 50 states." The op-ed further states that " the distribution of pharmaceutical products occurs nationwide and requires a national level of protection, [and] to allow tracing of prescription drugs in this supply chain to be regulated on a state-by-state basis creates chinks in the distribution chain that bad actors have exploited to gain entry to the system." To keep our loved ones safe, the time is now to get this done. For more information, check out our other resources at http://phrma.org/issues/drug-safety

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